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, the two sides -- the obama, white house, senate democrats on one side, senate republicans on the other, there is a ticking clock involved here. they should be hitting their stride right about now. timothy geithner is trying to avoid plunging of the fiscal cliff. he has made clear that the obama administration is saying that the first order of business has to be to extend tax breaks for middle-class families and raise tax rates for the top 2% of income earners. talks over how to rein in entitlement spending should be held sometime next year. >> the president is asking for $1.6 trillion of new revenue over 10 years. twice as much as he has been asking for the public. his stimulus spending exceeded the amount of new cuts that he was willing to consider. it was not a serious offer. reporter: enter a new player in the talks, stephanie cutter. you remember her? she was the deputy campaign manager for the obama-biden ticket suggested that mitt romney might have committed a felony on his tax returns. sunday night, she e-mailed them to reach a fiscal deal. republicans have balked at raising tho
. it has been over a month now since a americans gave president obama four more years in the white house. there are now more minority voters than ever before. and in large part, the republican candidate lost because he failed to reach out to them. if your than one in three latino's failed to vote -- fewer than one in three latino's failed to vote for mitt romney. what will the republican party need to do to get the hispanic vote? >> at a christmas party outside of boston, republicans are not feeling particularly festive -- outside of austin, republicans are not filling a particularly festive. they know they have a challenge in front of them. within two years, hispanics will outnumber whites in texas. >> if you want to know what the future of the republican party is, go to a national convention and stand on a chair and turn around 360 degrees, look at everybody, and then pick any street in the united states and put a share there and turn around 360 degrees and see if the outside convention looks like the inside of the convention. i will give you a hand, it does not. >> hispanic republican
a americans gave president obama four more years in the white house. there are now more minority voters than ever before. and in large part, the republican candidate lost because he failed to reach out to them. if your than one in three latino's failed to vote -- fewer than one in three latino's failed to vote for mitt romney. what will the republican party need to do to get the hispanic vote? >> at a christmas party outside of boston, republicans are not feeling particularly festive -- outside of austin, republicans are not filling a particularly festive. they know they have a challenge in front of them. within two years, hispanics will outnumber whites in texas. >> if you want to know what the future of the republican party is, go to a national convention and stand on a chair and turn around 360 degrees, look at everybody, and then pick any street in the united states and put a share there and turn around 360 degrees and see if the outside convention looks like the inside of the convention. i will give you a hand, it does not. >> hispanic republicans say the party is doomed unless it prese
, they are not from hawaii. >>> we just -- we just got an updated schedule for president obama. the white house says the president will visit the home of a family in northern virginia this afternoon to talk about the impact of letting taxes go up on middle-class americans. it's another attempt by the president to put pressure on congress to extend expiring tax cuts for the middle class while letting tax rates go up for upper-income americans. the white house says the family in virginia responded to the president's my2can campaign. >>> the standoff over the fiscal cliff is putting jobs here in california and alison burns has more on this. >> reporter: and secretary panetta has warned the fiscal cliff would hurt our national defense. he's expected to hold a news conference any minute now. he's getting the order from the white house to brace for massive budget cut us. now, the automatic spending cuts that would kick in if congress does not reach an agreement on the fiscal cliff would force the pentagon to slice about 10% of the budget. the defense industry projects one in five defense contracts in cali
the public returned the republicans to the house, the democrats to the senate, and president obama to the white house. they want them to start solving problems. they are absolutely disgusted with this and if they go over this cliff, believe me, there's going to be a price to be paid and nobody's going to be a winner on it. >> yeah, but i do want to add, john, i do believe the president did get a partial mandate, at least the voters said the wealthy in this country ought to pay higher taxes. now, how you get to the higher tax, whether you raise rates, whether you reduce deductions, there are a lot of different ways to get there. the point is, i think everybody now agrees that -- not everybody agrees, but that we need more revenue and that the wealthy ought to be the first ones in line. and that seems to be reasonable, but i think the white house can get too stuck on this whole question of rates as opposed to finding a creative solution that brings in more money. >> david, i agree with you, but you do that through effective tax rates, not through marginal tax rates. that's how you br
obama is meeting at the white house with a bipartisan group of governors. reportedly, those governors asked for the meeting with the president. they want to urge president obama to work with congress on the solution to the fiscal cliff. in the afternoon, the same group will meet with house speaker john boehner, california governor jerry brown, by the way, is not in this group. >>> 8:14. the owner of drake's bay oyster company is working with a legal team to fight the decision by the federal government to shut down his operation. kevin lenny announced yesterday he does not plan to give up the federal government's order to give up the company. oakland's largest pot club get as key victory in court. a county judge ruled that harborside medical center cannot be convicted -- evicted. the owner cannot kick the club out because it's not breaking state law. the landlord will try her luck. she wants harborside out because a federal prosecutor is threatening to seize the property. >>> 8:15. santa clara county auditors are demanning that the county board president reimburse the county more than
for first lady michelle obama but there's talk about her plans for the future. could they involve the white house in 2016. plus still so many unanswered questions about what happened and why an nfl player killed his girlfriend before taking his own life. the team and the football league what they can learn from this tragedy. >>> breaking news coming to us out of atlanta, georgia. an elementary school has been evacuated after an incident of carbon monoxide poisoning. students and adults were taken to a hospital after being overcome by fumes. >>> a bittersweet victory for the secretary of state chiefs after the murder/suicide. the head coach who watched aso van belcher took his life on saturday spoke about the tragedy after the game. >> it's tough when circumstance happen you can't undo them. so you have to rely on each other, rely on your family, friend and rely on your faith and that's what the team tried to do. we were able to do that. >> joining me is rob from nbc sports. as we hear more about this story. so tragic. 25 years old. this young man. his girlfriend 22 years old. the parents wa
, president obama honored some iconic performers of the white house who he joked have no business being on the same stage together. the president congratulated seven people honored for their lifetime contributions at the 135th -- 35th annual kennedy center. david letterman, and dustin hoffman, and the very talented bluesman buddy guy. and the surviving members of the led zeppelin. >>> it's being called a miracle. how a couple in oregon, how they escaped when a massive tree -- massive tree crushed their car. steve paulson says more rain is on the way. >> and you can see that traffic is pretty bad here. we have an incident in dan ville to tell you about coming up. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. in what world do potatoes, bacon and cheese add up to 100 calories? your world. ♪ [ whispers ] real bacon... creamy cheese... 100 calories... [ chef ] ma'am [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. of green giant vegetables it's easy to eat like a giant... ♪ and feel like a green giant. ♪ ho ho ho ♪ green giant >>> an auction featuring michael jackson's costumes raised mor
with the president. the white house just confirmed president obama will be answering questions on twitter regarding the fiscal cliff orifior fiscal stalemate. we'll get a live report how it works. can he get the ball rolling? congressman karen bass and conk man chris van hollen will join me to talk about where things stand. bob costas bold statement on gun control in the wake of the suicide involving javon belcher. we'll have reaction to it the. john mccain's interesting comment to john kerry at an event that took place a few hours ago. we'll play the exchange, reading any tea leaves. [ designer ] enough of just covering up my moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. i decided enough is enough. ♪ [ spa lady ] i started enbrel. it's clinically proven to provide clearer skin. [ rv guy ] enbrel may not work for everyone -- and may not clear you completely, but for many, it gets skin clearer fast, within 2 months, and keeps it clearer up to 9 months. [ male announcer ] because enbrel®, etanercept, suppresses your immune system, it may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal, eve
with president obama is he is a small minded president. >> steve: the white house immediately rejected the republicans' man ask said it wasn't balanced, even though it is balanced. it does actually raise revenue. democrats want the tax rates to go up. >> brian: they had a christmas party last night, the speaker and president were there. the word is they were going to talk. maybe they did. five minutes after the hour. let's change gears. prince william arriving at the hospital where kate middleton is waking up after suffering severe morning circumstanceness. what's that? >> gretchen: the condition -- is hard to pronounce. it strikes 2% of expecting moms. it can be an indicator of something else, which is twins. joining us to weigh in, dr. mark siegle. it's hyper something or another. >> vomiting, pregnant. go back to the latin. >> steve: thank you very much. >> 1 to 2% of all pregnancies have this. actually it's the number two cause of hospitalization after preterm labor. it's a big problem. morning sickness, 80% of women, everyone knows about that. severe morning sickness, when you con
the rates on the top 2% go up. we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> president obama draws a hard line on taxes. >> republican and the white house both have offers on the table on how to resolve the nation's fiscal cliff crisis. >> we wasted an enormous amount of time here, sparring back and forth in public. it's a good time to get serious. >> let's just go over the [ bleep ] cliff. because you know why? at least for a few seconds, it will feel like we're flying. >>> this morning, police are questioning a man in that deadly subway push. they say he has implicated himself in the crime. >>> duchess of cambridge is continuing to feel better. >> australian radio station was able to pose as the queen, get information on the phone about kate's health. >> want to see how her -- >> she is sleeping at the moment and she has had an uneventful night. >> mohamed morsi under siege after 100,000 protests in the streets. >>> l.a.'s mayor has announced an end to an eight-day strike at the largest port complex. >>> best man's friend is learning a new trick. how to drive a car. get off the r
and government spending consults on the middle class. >> creating jobs -- >> reporter: president obama and house speaker john boehner spoke on the phone wednesday but publicly are holding firm on their positions. the white house has made clear the country could go over the cliff if republicans refuse to raise taxes on the top 2% of american earners. >> to do that to 98% of the american people, because of an insistence that the wealthiest americans get a tax cut would be profoundly wrong. >> reporter: republican leaders say they will close loopholes and eliminate tax breaks but bush-era tax cuts must be extended to all americans. >> reporter: the standoff and debt concerns ryan. so much so, that he is the guy if the suit dancing gangnam style with former senator alan simpson. the group the can kicks back is working to get young people involved in fixing the debt crisis. >> we are trying to connect with our generation in a different way using humor to hook them in and get them to learn about this issue and understand how it affects their lives. >> reporter: the grassroots campaign wants to sign up
, this gives the white house and this gives the obama administration much more bargaining leverage. >> grover norquist, here's the problem, it seems to me. again, as long as the posturing goes on with fairly ridiculous offers on both sides and lots of political rhetoric along the lines of well, they're not giving an inch, we're going backwards, you can't really go backwards from a position of complete standstill, as far as i'm concerned. as this goes on, the american economy stalls, wall street's nervous, the consumers that should be out there now buying lots of christmas presents and boosting the economy will be reticent because they'll be thinking hang on, what's going to happen come the end of the year, am i suddenly going to have to find more money. everything starts to once again get paralyzed and somebody's got to give here. now, are the republicans prepared to go over this cliff on the pure point of refusing to allow increased income tax on the richest 2% of the country? and if so, why? it's such a small thing to fall over a cliff over, isn't it? who cares if the super rich pay a littl
leaders made their counter offer to president obama and officials quickly dismissed it. major garrett is at the white house this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, charlie and norah. there's no prospect for a deal and not much talking going on either. for the first time there are numbers on the pieces of paper from the white house and the congressional republicans. there are disagreements from both sides of how serious those numbers are. for the first time there are boundaries to find agreement in the middle if those numbers yield themselves to politics. republicans put their plan in writing. the white house says it should have saved the paper and ink. republicans remain opposed to raising income tax rates. overall, their plan is lighter on taxes and heavier on spending ing cuts than the white house prefers. gop offered $800 billion in tax increases by eliminating or reducing unspecified deductions. $600 billion in entitlement cuts and $300 billion. white house wanted $600 billion in cuts but no inflation to adjustments. republicans also want to r
're in "the situation room." >>> president obama steps out of the white house and into the home of a family much like those many middle class families all across the united states. it's all part of an effort to winover support for his plan in the face of fierce deadlock with the republicans over the looming fiscal cliff. our white house correspondent dan lothian caught up with the family just after the president left. dan is joining us now with the latest. how did it go, dan? >> reporter: well, wolf, the white house believes it went well. we've seen the president use this strategy before when he's locked in battle with republicans. he takes his message on the road. white house spokesman jay carney saying there are no announcements about face-to-face meetings or phone calls. for now this is how we see the president negotiating. it's a negotiating tactic that president obama always keeps in his tool kit, head to a backyard or living room, sit down with families who say his approach offers economic relief and send a loud message to congress with a personal touch. >> for them to be burdened unn
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's no official meetings right now between the white house and congressional leaders. of course, there are meetings going on behind the scenes and contacts between the white house and congressional republicans but nothing official. president obama is taking this sort of outside strategy where as we saw him last week he goes outside of washington. he'll be giving remarks to the business roundtable this week, meeting with business leaders tomorrow. other stakeholders this week and he's trying to kind of put some pressure on congress and learn from a mistake that he made you might say during say the debt ceiling negotiations where you saw these meetings with congressional leaders but there really wasn't a whole lot of payoff and didn't make the president look particularly effective. an issue to be resolved is to tackle entitlement reform. you have the white house and republicans saying you need to put meat on the bones and going back and forth. listen to what republican senator bob corker said. >> i think the really discussions around the fiscal cliff haven't even begun to be serio
.c., the standoff continues. house speaker john boehner says he's still waiting for president obama to make his next counteroffer to the republican plan he rejected. >> i'm going need a response from the white house. we can't sit here and negotiate with ourselves. >> the president and boehner spoke on the phone wednesday, but republicans want more. >> we want to sit down with the president. we want to talk specifics. >> whether the talks happen on the phone or in person, here on capitol hill or at the white house, there will be no deal without a compromise on taxes, something that does not appear likely any time soon. >> an obsession to raise taxes is not going to solve the problem. >> treasury secretary timothy geithner said the white house is absolutely willing to go over the fiscal cliff if the gop doesn't agree to raise taxes on the top 2% of earners. while a handful of republicans seems willing to concede that point, the party seemed unchangeable. >> speaker boehner took a position, i think the day after the campaign, that said we're willing to bring in revenue, but we're not willing to increas
. >> washington is driving to the "fiscal cliff" and with 29 days left there is a stalemate. the white house is rejecting the latest republican offer. danielle nottingham is showing us how president obama is turning to social media. >> reporter: working to win public support for his tax and spend proposing, president obama answered "fiscal cliff" questions on twitter monday. one twitter follower asked, why won't keeping tax rates low across the board encourage more hires and tax revenue? the president replied high-end tax cuts would cost almost $1 trillion while extending middle class cuts will produce growth. if there is no compromise all tax go up and spending will be slashed including cuts to the defense budget. defense contractors gathered in washington monday to discuss the consequences. david language staff is ceo of task a company that develops aviation systems and software for intelligence agencies. >> but i think it's very bad for national security because companies cannot plan. >> republicans sent the president a counterproposal monday afternoon. it includes more than $2 trillion i
, there are just 26 days left before the fiscal cliff deadline. president obama spoke on the phone with house speaker john boehner on wednesday while his treasury secretary said the white house is, in fact, ready to go straight over the fiscal cliff. major garrett is at the white house. major, gd morning. >> reporter: good morning, charlie and norah. the president will cross over the potomac into northern virginia to meet with a family who says their taxes don't go up, they'll be happier and spend more money. that's the pr side of this. much more important, the context of the deal, keet players yesterday picked up the phone. phone call relatively brief and substantive. details remain elusive. it was shorter, sources say, to last week's 28-minute conversation described them as curt, direct and frank. no one familiar with this call used such barbed words. it also occurred before treasury secretary tim geithner laid down this harsh fiscal cliff marker. >> is the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff? >> oh, absolutely. again, there's no prospect to an agreement
into the holiday spirit. today is the 90th annual national christmas tree lighting. president barack obama, his wife and two daughters will flip the switch to light the 30- foot tall true. this was planted in october on the ellipse near the white house. the event kicks off at 4:30. neil patrick harris will be the host. >>> it's beginning to lookalikes like christmas in baltimore city too. that's because today is the annual lighting of the washington monument. and festivities start in mount vernon at 5:30 this morning. the lights and fireworks happen around 7:45. the year lardarius webb will flip the switch and starting this morning there's going to be road closures in the area because of the event. here's lauren cook and let you know how to get around that area. >>> well this lighting will really impact the traffic in mount vernon this morning. beginning at 9:00 a.m., the westbound lanes of mount vernon place will shut down from charles street to cathedral street. at 10:00 a.m. the east drive of north charles street is going to be closed between center street and madison street. and then at 6:0
for president obama to make his next counter offer to the republican plan he rejected. >> i'm going to need a response from the white house. we can't negotiate with ourselves. >> the president and boehner spoke on the phone wednesday. republicans want more. >> we want to sit down with the president. we want to talk specifics. >> whether the talks happen on the phone or in person here at capitol hill or at the white house there will be no deal without a compromise on taxes. >> i'm obsession to raise taxes is not going to solve the problem. >> timothy gitner said the white house is willing to go over the fiscal cliff if the gop doesn't agree to raise taxes on the top 2% of corners. the parties position seems unchangeable. >> speaker boehner took a position i think the day after the campaign that said we're willing to bring in revenue but not being to take a risk. >> the president said they could reach a deal within a week. >> the white house budget officer is issuing an order to prepare for more than $100 billion in spending cuts in a compromise cannot be reached before the deadline. >>> chan
there. >>> the white house releasing this photo of mitt romney and president obama shaking hands during yesterday's private lunch meeting. >> so there was a photo after all. >> released and taken by the white house. the former rivals promised to stay in touch after spending an hour discussing ideas for keeping america competitive. they dined on turkey chili and chicken salad. a source tells cnn there was no talk of a possible role for romney in the obama administration. >>> the supreme court may decide as early as today if it will tackle same-sex marriage. the justices will consider requests to review cases that challenge doma, the defense of marriage act, as a violation of the constitution's equal protection marriage. also on the table potentially, they're considering a challenge to prop 8, that is california's ban on same-sex marriage which voters narrowly approved back in 2008. >> this is a huge move by the court today to find out what they're going to do. >>> an update on the health of former president george h.w. bush. he's in stable condition at a houston hospital. he was admitted
is now coming under fire from within his own party. president obama says there will be no deal unless republicans drop opposition to raising taxes on wealthyest americans. we have more now from washington, d.c.. >> was the white house and congressional republicans put forward a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff, now, they're miles apart, gaining in their heels. the president told bloomberg tv a deal is possible, but... >> this proposal now is still out of balance. >> the plan sent yesterday offers a total of 2 tth $2 trillion in deficit reduction including $1.2 trillion in spending cuts. and00 billion in new tax revenue no. rate increases in top two percent of taxpayers. that is nonnegotiatable for the president. >> we're not going to be able to get a deal without it white house says the math doesn't add up. >> it's magic beebs and fairy dust. >> with just 28 days until deadline, negotiations reach aid stalemate. >> there is nothing going on privately that is not going on publicly. >> there are no plans at this time for leaders to meet with the president at the while the house. it doesn'
christie stops by the white house today, to ask for more help in super storm sandy's wake. so far, his state has received more than $20 million in emergency funds. president obama is expected to ask congress for $50 billion to help rebuild hard-hit states. the massive super storm killed 130 people in eight states and caused billions of dollars in damage. >>> on capitol hill, republicans are sticking to their positions. the tax cuts should be extended for all americans. danielle nottingham reports for wjz. it comes as president obama meets with a family who would be impacted if the country goes over the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: lawmakers are getting an earful about why they need to avoid the so- called fiscal cliff. >> you gotta nail this down. uncertainty is killing us. >> reporter: top comiftds -- economists came to capitol hill thursday to talk about the impact of tax increases ask government spending cuts on the middle class. >> a couple thousand dollars means a couple months rent for this family. >> reporter: the white house has made clear, the
dig in. the white house demanding higher tax rates for the top two tax brackets, and the republicans refusing. after rejecting the obama administration proposal last week, house republicans offered an outline for $2.2 trillion in deficit reduction, mostly through spending cuts. and while president obama would not answer questions about the counterproposal -- >> no deal better than a bad deal, sir? >> reporter: -- a senior white house official assailed it as a step backward, saying if republicans do not agree to some higher rates for wealthier taxpayer, the nation will go over the cliff, and the american people will hold the republicans responsible. wall street remains optimistic a deal will be struck. so the lack of progress is not yet resulted in a market plunge. but some economists estimate that because of the uncertainty posed by the fiscal cliff, at least 200,000 fewer jobs have been created this year. the official deadline is december 31st at midnight when the ball drops in times square. the deadline is before that, a week from friday when the house of representatives is schedul
programs alive in the years ahead. >> i want to ask both of you about tim gietner. is the white house ready to go over the fiscal cliff? and he said absolutely. is that digging in or a scare tactic? i was surprised to hear him say that. >> one of the biggest criticisms of president obama and the administration has been they tend to negotiate against themselves. i'm at this position and a week later i'm at this position. what he's trying to do is show their hardening their stance but in the end they will make a deal. it's hard to raise $1.6 trillion in revenues. most of the deals we've seen that were working were two and a half to one spending cuts. and all you are hearing about is revenues. >> the republicans on the hill really believe that the president is prepared to go over the cliff and blame them. they believe this is a political exercise. and so they believe that's what's happening. gietner hardened their position. >> we have about a minute left. want to shift focus to syria. there's word that they are preparing chemical weapons i mean loading some of these chemical weapons into bombs
. that's the only way to get from here to there. >> the white house says the plans fails the balance test. tax hikes and spending cuts will automatically kick in on 1/1. >>> in your world, fighting has escalated in damascus. this comes after president obama issued a warning to president assad and his government not to use any chemical weapons. secretary of state hillary clinton says if assad goes down that road, there will be consequences. >> suffice to say we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur. >> this week nato foreign minister is expected to approve turkey's request for patriot antimissile systems. turkey has been supportive of assad opponents and is concerned about possible retaliation by syrian missiles. >>> iran claims it has captured an american drone but a u.s. navy spokesman says no drones are missing. the commander says all the unmanned surveillance aircraft in the region are accounted for. other nations in the gulf including the united arab emirates have drones in service. >>> 6:12. no laughing matter. a comedian first busted in oakland is a
those rates and the white house is not negotiating essentially, wolf, until they see republicans make that move. >> jeszic ka, the things obviously could be getting more complex as you know, president obama wants to add the debt ceiling to the multiple issues already on the table. what are you hearing about that? >> well, this was something the president laid out in a speech this morning to the business roundtable. the debt limit and avoiding the debt limit fight is one piece of the deal that they are seeking. let me try to break it down for you and explain how the white house sees all of this come together. wolf? >> the president's latest move, he told ceo's the fiscal deal should include a permanent way to avoid future debt ceiling fights. >> the only thing that the debt ceiling is good for as a weapon is to destroy your credit rating. >> why is he adding the debt limit into this already complicated showdown over taxes and spending cuts? >> let's allow higher rates to go up -- >> we have to cut spending. >> the white house thinks of the fiscal cliff as a three-part problem. part one
deadline. president obama spoke on the phone with house speaker john boehner on wednesday while his treasury secretary said the white house is, in fact, ready to go straight over the fiscal cliff. major garrett is at the white house. major, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah and charlie. later on this afternoon the president will travel across the potomac river to northern virginia to meet a middle-class family to make the self-evident point if the there is a deal and taxes are raised by about $2,000 they'll be happier and spend more money. that's the p.r. side of this. much more importantly, for the deal, the two key players yesterday picked up the phone. the phone call relatively brief and substantive, though details remain illusive. shorter, sources say. the last week 28-minute conversation described then as curt, direct and frank. no one with this call used such barbed words and occurred before treasury secretary tim geithner laid down this harsh fiscal cliff marker. >> if the administration, are they prepared to go over the fiscal cliff? >> absolutely. no prospect o
. >>> president obama was in falls church of fairfax county visiting a family today to talk about the looming fiscal cliff. the president met with high schoolteacher tiffany santana and her husband and parents. tiffany wrote to the white house in a social media campaign to talk about looming -- how the looming tax increases would impact middle class families if the lawmakers don't reach a deal by the end of the month. >> so it would be more like a $4,000 tax increase for us. which would be relatively devastating for our family. so i wanted to share that with the white house. i wasn't sure i was going to get a response. but i did want to at least make my voice heard. >> news4's julie carey sat down with the santanas. she'll have more on why they said hosting the president was overwhelming. that's coming up at news4 at 6:00. >>> an effort to end serious violence, civil war moved forward today. secretary of state hillary clinton met with russia's foreign minister and syria's u.n. peace envoy to try to negotiate a peace strategy. they reportedly met for about 40 minutes in dublin to talk about ho
it off the table. >> now later this morning, president obama will be speaking and taking questions at the business round table meeting, a white house official saying that the president will make the case that middle-class americans need certainty that their taxes will not go up at the end of the year. he will also make the case that this fiscal cliff will have a negative impact on the overall economy and he will push these business leaders to support his approach. soledad? >> dan lothian, in washington, d.c., for us, thank you. >>> just a few minutes we'll be chatting with stephanie cutter, the woman who helped manage president obama's re-election campaign. we'll talk more about the fiscal cliff. >>> first a look at other stories that are making news today. zoraida has that for us. >> good morning to you. the death toll in the philippines is rising this morning. typhoon bopha moving toward beach resorts in the northern part of the country and right now it is packing winds over 90 miles an hour. that storm has already caused massive flooding and landslides in the southern philippine
eligibility age, which the white house has backed from 65 to 67. perhaps means testing in some of those mandatory cuts. maybe form sub sidies, but this is where the give and take will occur. boehner and obama have met before. the summer of 2011. they put a lot of specifics on paper. when boehner couldn't get backing. >> how close is this to that is this. >> it is a broad outline, but there is a lot of negotiation. even members of the congress didn't see this in advance. this was really an opening bid. it is best seen as really a response to pressure. but people saying where's our plan. you've got to put a plan out there to begin the negotiation. >> thank you. >>> deal or no deal. we're on the edge of our seats. 29 days in counting until our taxes go up and across the board spending cuts. we're getting lots of mixed messages as to what's going to happen and where things stand. >> i'm increasingly pessimistic. >> so tonight, two men who have lots of experience dealing with lawmakers. paul begala, david frum, former adviser to president george w. bush. david, let's start with you. >> i fee
a week ago. president obama is focused on the stalemate with congress over averting the fiscal cliff but he's just not talking to house republicans about it. at the white house, he discussed the issue with a bipartisan group of governors. >> "i know that the president certainly wants a deal. he didn't try to handicap it." and earlier this week, he told so called middle class americans on twitter keep pressure on congress, he's even ventured outside the beltway rallying supporters to do just that "i'm going to be asking all of you to make your voices heard." >> why isn't he calling speaker boehner over to a white house meeting? "speaker boehner and i speak frequently. and, you know, i (reporter: "so when? when will the two of you sit down in a room?") >> "you know, i don't think that the issue right now has to do with sitting in a room." in part the white house was burned by the debt ceiling negotiations of 2011 when lots of meetings, failed to stave off a fiscal nightmare. but there's another strategy at play. some in the administration say they learned in the first term, the best wa
's right. house republicans say there will be no deal if tax ritz go up and the obama administration says it's ready to go thelma and louise style over the cliff on january 1. if that's the case, wendell goler live at the white house with what we know is going on behind the scenes. anything happening? >> steve, the president and house speaker john boehner talked on the phone yesterday, but they agreed not to characterize their conversation. so it's unclear how much progress they made. from the outside, it does seem they've moved a bit closer with boehner now agreeing to raise tax collection from the wealthy, though not by raising tax rates. >> we've got to cut spending and i believe to put revenues on the table. the revenues we're putting on the table will come from, guess who, the rich! there are ways to limit deductions, close loopholes, and have the same people pay more of their money to the federal government without raising tax rates which we believe will harm our economy. >> the president lobbied big business leaders yesterday with an appearance at the business round table. his aide
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